The Kildare/Leinster Service by George Wickes, London 1745

The only virtually complete English dinner service of this period.

Sold to H.E. Mahdi al Tajir in 1978 on behalf of Jacques Koopman after his purchase in Switzerland after the partners dropped out. I explained the problem to the Ambassador and arranged for JK to go to the UAE Embassy to collect a cheque for £169,000 to pay the auction house. The second sale at the start of this great collection.

Sold Christies The Exceptional Sale, 5 July 2012, £1,721,250.